Jerusalem Truck Attack Kills 4, Suspect Might Be Inspired By ISIS
Jerusalem truck attack kills four Israeli soldiers. The attacker deliberately ploughed the truck and injured at least 10 more. The Palestinian truck driver is reportedly inspired by ISIS. The attacker sympathizes to the group, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Prime Minister said that the incident is possibly related to terror attacks in France and Berlin.
Officials reported that three women and men were in their 20s. The four soldiers killed in the Jerusalem truck attack belonged to the Israel Defense Forces namely 2nd Lt. Yael Yekutiel, 20; Cadet Shir Hajaj, 22; Cadet Shira Tsur, 20 and Cadet Erez Orbach, 20.
Details on the gruesome attack
Among the injured, three were in critical condition. The incident happened when a large group of Israeli soldiers paid a visit in a picturesque view overlooking modern Jerusalem and the Old City. Apparently, it is a few blocks away from the US consulate.
In addition, the deadly attack comes after a respite on the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. It also brought growing tensions adding Donald Trump’s highly controversial plans. The president-elect plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. He also demanded, from rightwing Israeli ministers, to seize parts of the occupied Palestinian territories.
The police identified the suspect as Fadi Qunbar. Israeli police reported that the driver came from Jabel Mukaber. It is an area occupied by Israelis and east Jerusalem. In addition, the area is not far from the area of the attack.
Officials also has reportedly sealed off the area throughout the course of investigation. In a report from the Guardian, information suggested that the vehicle might be stolen. The plice deducted this from the Israeli license plates on the car.
The two soldiers killed a 28-year old attacker and also a tour guide. The tour guide is also a colonel in the reserves, according to CNN. Aside from Qunbar, officials have also put into custody nine other suspects. Five of these are also family members of Qunbar.
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